BirdLife Malta has previously managed two EU LIFE projects – the EU LIFE Yelkouan Shearwater project and the EU LIFE+ Project on Bird Migration and Trapping.
EU LIFE Yelkouan Shearwater project
The EU LIFE Yelkouan Shearwater project aims to study and protect the Yelkouan Shearwater at their largest colony on the Maltese islands. With an estimated 10% of the world population breeding in the Maltese Islands, the Maltese archipelago is a very important place for these shy seabirds. Find out more about the initiatives undertaken by the project here.
EU LIFE+ Project on Bird Migration and Trapping
Trapping finches has been a practice in Malta for many years. However, bird trapping is not permitted under the EU Birds Directives, so when Malta joined the EU a five year phasing out period for the trapping of seven finch species was negotiated. This period ended in December 2008 and finch trapping season has not opened since then. By spreading information on the conservation concerns and legal status of trapping, the EU LIFE+ Project on Bird Migration and Trapping aims to facilitate the full implementation of the Birds Directive with respect to bird trapping. Visit the project pages and read more about trapping in the Maltese islands here.
Both of these EU LIFE projects were 50% funded by the EU LIFE financial instrument of the European Commission. The EU LIFE financial instrument supports environmental and nature conservation projects. Read more about the EU LIFE financial instrument here.
Maltese entities (public/private/non-public) interested in LIFE+ as the European Union’s financial instrument related to environmental and nature conservation issues can get in touch with the LIFE+ focal point within the Tourism & Sustainable Development Unit, Office of the Prime Minister. For more details about Malta’s LIFE focal point visit their website here or get in touch with Maria Elena Attard, LIFE+ contact, at firstname.lastname@example.org